Opening Keynote by Naomi Climer, Co-chair, Institute for the Future of Work, UK

Naomi will discuss ‘people-first’ approaches and frameworks for meaningful work to build a fair and moral society in the Future of Work.

“There’s an increasingly urgent need for new thinking about the most appropriate policy architecture to support a ‘people first’ approach to transition” – Naomi Climer

Super Keynote: Democratising the future of work in India by Reema Nanavati, Leader - Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA)

Inclusivity is at the core of Future of Work. Currently, the dominant discussion in Future of Work is around skilled-professional work. How does India build a system of policies and practices that make the Future of Work accessible to millions – both urban and rural?

Fireside Chat: Learning and Skilling for the future

  • Pankaj Bansal, Co-Founder & CEO, PeopleStrong
  • Gaurav Kumar, President – Corporate Development, upGrad
  • Moderator: Mandeep Maitra, Chair of the IET Engineering the Future of Work Steering Committee – 2019

The world economic forum report on Future of Jobs for 2022, says that skills that will decline include reading, writing, maths, active listening and memory ability – all of which are currently at the core of our education system.

Students who begin primary school today will graduate from university in the mid-2030s and their career will last through 2060. If we don’t gear up right away for the future needs of the workforce – we’ve already lost the battle!

Fireside Chat: Visioning the Future with AI & Automation

  • Manmeet Singh, LEAP Digital Skills Practice Area Lead-Future of Work Citibank
  • Sandipan Chattopadhyay, CEO & MD, Xelpmoc
  • Moderated by: Shekhar Sanyal, Futurist, Impact of Technology, Country Head and Director, IET India

The impact of AI on our lives is undeniable. This is only going to increase in the future. While SciFi scenarios like the Skynet of Terminator might not happen, the way AI will change how we do our work and how we need to retrain our workforce to work with an AI mindset is important to understand and prepare. The experts on this panel will collectively try to vision the future and paint a picture of what could be!

Panel Discussion: Mental health wellbeing at the work-place

  • Anuja Kapur, Advocate and Criminal Psychologist
  • Mani Kumar, Co-Founder, CPO, The Mindclan
  • Prakriti Saxena Poddar – Managing Trustee, Poddar Foundation
  • Moderator – Amit Malik, Founder & CEO, InnerHour

A WHO (2017) report said that 18% of global depression cases totalling to a staggering 57 million were from India. In a survey commissioned a year before that, among 200,000 professionals in India, 46% reported suffering extreme stress as a consequence of their work. While depression and stress are often medically correlated to cardiovascular diseases, the burden of disease extends much further. Some global reports peg the indirect cost of depression – on productivity loss at $1 trillion, not to mention the impact it has on the work-life balance of employees. Mental Health at work needs to be a mainstream dialogue with immediate actions centred around insurance as well as corporate policies to address them at all levels. In this session, we will explore how we can move towards a workplace that takes care of the minds that drive it.

Panel Discussion: New Staffing models and the gig economy

  • Shashank Murali, Co-Founder, TapChief
  • Yeshab Giri, Head IT Staffing and specialties, Randstad Technologies
  • Amit Vadera, Business Head, TeamLease
  • Moderated by: Anitha Kaveri, Future of Careers, Head – Sectors

6 million Indians will be a part of the gig economy by 2021. Disruption is already happening across all aspects of talent – be it in demand and supply of talent, identification of skill-sets or upskilling. The shifting trends of Future of Work are creating an impact on HR Consulting and staffing firms. Dynamic client needs, on-demand talent, flexibility expectations from the candidates – an important piece in the jigsaw of work.

Panel Discussion: Impact of AI and Automation on Job Security

  • Ramesh Vantipalli, Director Sales – End User Computing, VMware India
  • Sandip Warke, Solutions Architect, Citrix
  • Samip Mutha, VP & Group Head – Digital & Innovation, RPG Group
  • Moderator: Lux Rao, Director and Leader – Solutions, NTT India

The International Labour Organisation in their 2019 report predict that nearly 52% of activities in the workplace can be automated in India. However, it is predicted that while 1.8 million jobs will be lost to the imminent rise of automation it will also create 2.3 million new jobs. How do we leverage these opportunities in the future?

Panel Discussion: Workplaces of the future

  • Sumit Lakhani, CMO, Awfis
  • Varun Chawla, Founder, 91 Springboard
  • Ashish Goenka, Director, Redbrick Offices
  • Sharad Saxena, Business Head, Oyo Workspaces
  • Moderated by: Rajat Malhotra, COO, JLL

Growth of alternative working styles (co-working and remote work) becoming more popular days of the traditional bricks-and-mortar offices and fixed working hours are possibly numbered. How can employers leverage technology to improve talent management and employee experience? As nerve centres that would empower future of work, how can new-workplaces leverage their business models and competencies to enable employees and employers to do more?

Panel Discussion: Future of blue-collar work in India

  • Anshul Khurana, Co-Founder, Entitled Solutions
  • Sheahan Verghese, Founder & MD, TLA
  • Moderator – Pranjal Sharma, Economic analyst, Advisor and Writer

2.1 million new blue-collar jobs are expected to be created by March 2020. It is predicted that automation will create a disruption in blue-collared jobs than in white-collar jobs. Can we work towards building safety-nets for the digital-blue-collar workers?